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Building Hope Uganda operates in the poor and marginalized communities of Uganda. Located in Eastern Africa, Uganda is a struggling country ever since it attained independence in 1962. With vast natural resources, endowed with wildlife, mineral wealth, attractive climate year round, and one time referred to as “The Pearl of Africa” by British Explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley, Uganda remains backward and ranked among the poorest states in Sub-Saharan Africa and the world over.

The country has suffered civil wars and rebel activity for decades with the most disastrous and prolonged war of the Lord’s Resistance Army - LRA under Joseph Kony in Northern Uganda which paralysed the region and drained the country’s resources for over 2 decades.

Uganda is a country that was hard struck by the deadly HIV/AIDS pandemic in early1980s and still struggles to contain it to-date. Malaria is also a daily killer in both the young and adults. Maternal health has largely been threatened with over 75% of under-five deaths occurring largely due to malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia.

Like in many sub-Saharan countries, Uganda suffers chronic poverty which stretches from grass root level. Villages suffer ignorance, poor health systems, poor nutrition, unclean drinking water and low income levels.

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Idle and helpless children living on shores of Lake Albert in Hoima

In many households, women are the sole bread winners for their families whereas men have been taken up by habitual drinking of traditional local brew. They spend most of the time drunk which lowers their productivity and family well-being. They produce many children and the extreme burden is left to women to toil and raise them. As a result, many have died at a tender age while the survivors have grown up malnourished and sickly becoming more burdensome to look after. Others have grown up to become society threats and with little or no education at all.

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The state of poverty in Uganda at household level:  A young woman with her little children

Mothers’ survival rate has also been shortened due to hard labour, poor feeding and susceptible maternal health care systems combined with low income earnings.
There is need to raise educational awareness campaigns especially in rural areas, build and restructure the besieged village structures, community health centres and public systems to save the lives.